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Pete Calandra

December 12, 2016

Pete Calandra

Pete Calandra says about SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88S:
"Love and use many Scarbee Products. They sound great, and are recorded in a way that makes it easy to fit into any mix. The Classic EPS-88 is the finest “Tine” piano library i have played."

SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88S Play Thru

SCARBEE CLASSIC EP-88S - VIDEO 3By Peter Calandra
Improvising on a handful of the factory presets from this fantastic product. I'm using a Yamaha CP4 as my controller. The built in FX in the unit are capable of a wide variety of EP sounds as the presets demonstrate. The sound is direct from Kontakt into Pro Tools with no additional processing. All the effects are done inside of Kontakt as part of the programming.

BIO

You may not know the name Peter Calandra, but chances are that you’ve heard his original music, his film or television scores, his sports anthems, or his Broadway performances. This prolific New York City-based composer and keyboard player has been immersed in music for most of his life; he has scored over 60 films, written over 2000 compositions for television broadcast (including over 40 theme packages for nationally broadcast sports shows, the most recent being ESPN’s theme for the Invictus Games, Special Olympics World Games and FOX Sport’s FIFA World Cup Theme) and performed as a musician in the Broadway productions of Miss Saigon (for 10 years), The Lion King, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, and Little Shop Of Horrors.

Amidst this busy musical life, Calandra has composed, produced, recorded and released six albums of imaginative instrumental music encompassing touches of new age, jazz, contemporary instrumental, classical, and refined pop. Calandra has garnered acclaim for composing music for Jellysmoke, a film which won the Los Angeles Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and Unknown Soldier, a film which won the Los Angeles and Philadelphia Film Festivals and also was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.

He’s scored music for every major television network; currently, he has the themes for 15 shows airing on four different networks. In addition to his Broadway resume -- which includes first chair keyboard player positions for many of those productions -- he has also performed with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, NY Pops Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater,Don Cherry, Aretha Franklin, Allen Ginsberg, Annie Golden, Donna McKechnie, Lillianne Montevecchi, and he spent 16 years as the keyboard player in the NYC-based Climax Band, the creative vehicle for artist and musician Larry Rivers.

Calandra’s prismatic experience and artistry allows him to authentically inhabit a multitude of genres, conjure up a diverse selection of moods and emotions, and work within a broad array of mediums. “I don’t try to define anything because I find that, as a creative person, when you put something in a box, you limit the creative flow,” Calandra says.

In addition to his keyboard and compositional skills, he is also an accomplished guitarist and multifaceted studio engineer versed in the arts of tracking and mixing. Currently, he’s on the faculty at Queens College, CUNY teaching masters level classes on Audio/MIDI Sequencing, Film Scoring and Composition. Somehow, Calandra also finds time for personal creativity. His solo albums are wonderfully diverse, spanning world music, Christmas music, jazz, contemporary jazz, new age, pop, and classical.

The thread throughout is the lyrical expressiveness of the compositions and purity and purposefulness of the musicianship. “My goal is to create music that people love, while also fulfilling my artistic vision. I like painting pictures in sound. It is finding that space where craft and art converge that makes something memorable.”

Visit www.petecalandramusic.com for more music, information and social media links.
 




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